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Hello, I’m Gwen.

I work in advertising. I play in the kitchen.

I’m part tweenager. (Look at my iTunes playlist.)

I’m part Grandma. (Look at my oversize cardi collection.)

I’m part Romy or Michelle. (Look at the height of my hair.)

As a Christian, I'm learning how to glorify God in the everyday. To live into the status quo, like Jesus' own Manchurian candidate, and seep grace through its cracks.

I wish my life were a musical, but other than that, I’m pretty content.

(No surprise I also like to Yelp.)

The Casual Vacancy
The Explicit Gospel
Gone Girl
The Chaperone
Cutting for Stone

Gwen Daniels's favorite books »

Somehow my parents left Chicago without a single photograph together during our perfect whirlwind visit! During their four-day weekend in the city, Dad, Mom and I visited the Magritte exhibit at the Art Institute, took the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s boat tour, and saw Sandra Oh in the Victory Gardens Theater’s production of Death and the Maiden. (Yes, we stayed for the discussion led by a staff member after the show.) We ate hotdogs and chopped salads at Portillo’s in River North and risotto and churros at Dusek’s in Pilsen. And when we weren’t playing tourist, we walked around the neighborhood, took care of chores around the apartment and watched some HGTV. On Saturday morning, Dad even made his biscuits, better than almost anything else in the world. I wish we could share the Windy City all the time!


Chick Fil A is getting in the iced coffee game. It’s over, y’all. 


Coaching parents on toddler talk to address low-income word gap

By age four, toddlers in low-income families hear 30 million fewer words than those in high-income families, according to researchers. As a result, these children tend to have smaller vocabularies and fall behind in reading. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports on one program in Providence, Rhode Island, that gets low-income parents talking more to their toddlers.


Here’s What You’d Look Like With A Week’s Worth Of Your Trash

Newspapers. Soda cans. Pizza boxes. Everyone’s trash looks different but what these artful portraits show is that we all have something in common: We produce a lot of it.

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inside the banana, 2012 by adriana lara | via liferuinmociun

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We have templates that we superimpose on Chicago and places like it. These templates distort the ways violence comes to bear on individual lives, obscure the patterns that come with that violence, and shape the ways we think about ameliorating it. These are each human-scale tragedies worthy of human-scale consideration. To really understand what happened in Chicago last weekend, we have to be able both to see those shootings as mass shootings, and to see the lives they shatter.
Gene Demby in the powerful NPR Code Switch blog post What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence in Chicago



Summer sides for days! I’ve been slowly working through these caprese alternatives as the produce appears at the farmer’s market or as burrata and peaches are on sale on the SAME DAY at Whole Foods. (Enablers!)

  • Cantaloupe + Scamorza + Mint
  • Grilled Eggplant + Ricotta Salata + Dill
  • Peach + Burrata + Tarragon
  • Roasted Red Pepper + Feta + Chive
When I was a student at Cambridge I remember an anthropology professor holding up a picture of a bone with 28 incisions carved in it. “This is often considered to be man’s first attempt at a calendar,” she explained. She paused as we dutifully wrote this down. ‘My question to you is this – what man needs to mark 28 days? I would suggest to you that this is woman’s first attempt at a calendar.’
It was a moment that changed my life. In that second I stopped to question almost everything I had been taught about the past. How often had I overlooked women’s contributions?
Sandi Toksvig (via copperoranges, learninglog)


This is how I feel about the weekend ending (thatsiciliangirl).


Fireworks over Navy Pier.

Beautiful! Can we please extend the holiday weekend?! I didn’t get enough afternoons at the beach or lunch and dinner dates with my girlfriends.